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Riverbed Launches RiOS 5.0

SAN FRANCISCO -- Riverbed Technology, Inc. (NasdaqGS:RVBD - News), the technology and market leader in wide-area data services (WDS), today announced the launch of version 5.0 of the Riverbed Optimization System (RiOS(TM)), which powers the award-winning Riverbed Steelhead® product line. RiOS 5.0 extends the Riverbed lead in delivering to its customers the best speed for the broad range of applications important to businesses of every size and across all industries. With the introduction of RiOS 5.0, Riverbed is the first vendor to provide application-level protocol optimization for Microsoft Exchange 2007. This makes Riverbed the first and the only vendor to accelerate Microsoft Exchange 2000, 2003 and 2007. In addition, Riverbed is building upon its lead in delivering solutions to enhance IT flexibility and capabilities with new scale, simplicity and security features, including the new RiOS Services Platform (RSP) for delivering virtualized edge services without the need to deploy additional branch office servers.

Make Everything Faster
In a recent survey of over 1,000 WDS customers, more than half said that application performance was their primary reason for purchasing a WDS solution. With RiOS 5.0, Riverbed extends its lead in meeting this demand by providing even faster performance for enterprise applications, including Exchange 2007 and enterprise Web applications.

"Improving application performance has become one of the top initiatives for IT departments," said Zeus Kerravala, senior vice president, enterprise research at the Yankee Group. "Our survey data shows that users are 14 percent less productive because of poor performing applications. Organizations spend millions annually on new technology hoping to make users more productive, but would benefit most -- likely obtaining a double-digit improvement in employee productivity -- if they improve the performance of applications in which they have already invested. WAN optimization has become a key initiative for the improvement of applications and Riverbed's continued leadership in speed and breadth of applications makes them a vendor that we recommend be on any evaluating company's short list."

Riverbed Technology Inc.